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UN Internship Shapes Student’s Perspective

In August 2015, I had the privilege of serving as a student intern for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva, Switzerland. I am currently a 3L law student at the University of Oklahoma and completed the internship between my 2L and 3L years. I became aware of this opportunity through OU Professors Alvaro Baca and Lindsay Robertson. They connected me with Mr. Francisco Cali Tzay, the Chairperson of the CERD.

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OU Law Holds Calvert Moot Court Competition

This week, 40 OU Law students participated in the Calvert Moot Court Competition. Competitors included 2L and 3L students who researched a case currently before the Supreme Court (Kansas v. Carr) and presented oral arguments before tournament judges. The annual competition is sponsored by the OU Law Board of Advocates and the Floyd and Irma Calvert Fund for Law and Liberty. The Competition stretched throughout the week and took place in various court rooms, conference rooms and classrooms in the OU Law Center. 

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Professor Richter Speaks at Symposium

Earlier this month, Professor Liesa Richter gave remarks on two panels at a Symposium on the Future of Hearsay at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The event was sponsored by the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Evidence.

The Symposium included federal judges, litigators and law professors who specialize in the evidence area. Also presenting was Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

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OU Law Holds BOA Negotiation Competition

This week, 121 OU Law students participated in the Board of Advocates Negotiation Competition. The group of students included 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and those pursuing the LLM. Competitors were given short fact patterns with general information known to both parties and confidential facts known only to their clients.

This year’s winners are Douglas Brooking and Paige Green (both 1Ls). A complete list of the final round participants is below.
 

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Distinguished International Law Guest Speakers Visit OU Law

Last week, the Oklahoma International Law Society (OILS) and Professor Evelyn Aswad hosted Joe and Elizabeth Cassidy to discuss Religious Freedom and Refugee Issues with OU Law students. During their visit, Joe and Elizabeth participated in a speed-mentoring event for current students. The two guest speakers also met informally with students and faculty at a reception in their honor.

 Joe Cassidy has 25 years of experience in the U.S. Foreign Service and served in many overseas postings, including Iraq, Namibia and Switzerland. 

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